Q84: Do you support fully funding the 2020 Decennial Census?
Buttigeig: Yes. An accurate Census is a cornerstone of our democracy. It ensures that everyone has equal political representation and that every community receives its fair share of federal funding. Historically, the Census has undercounted Black Americans and other communities of color, undermining their right to equal representation and depriving them of critical resources for health care, education, and infrastructure. My administration will fully fund the Census and closely examine the conduct of the 2020 Census to determine whether Black voters were undercounted. We will work with federal agencies and Congress to address the effects of any undercount on federal funding.
De La Fuente: Yes.
Klobuchar: Yes. Senator Klobuchar supports fully funding the 2020 Decennial Census and she is committed to promoting an accurate Census
Sanders: Yes. Republicans have been pushing racist voter suppression laws for decades. Now, new evidence shows how they have tried to use the census as a tool to expand their racist gerrymandering. We must defeat Trump, fight all forms of voter suppression and create a vibrant democracy where all people are represented fairly. In order to accomplish this, we need to fully fund the Census.
Warren: Yes. The Census must count every person. Our Constitution demands it. Our democracy requires it. The Supreme Court’s ruling blocking the citizenship question on the 2020 Census was a welcome relief. In my administration, we’ll ban the use of citizenship questions in government surveys and implement lasting reforms to the Census to prevent any president from using these kinds of tricks to take political representation or other resources away from immigrant communities. That’s also why I co-sponsored Senator Bob Menendez’s Every Person Counts Act to make sure that every person is counted and that no information about citizenship or immigration status should be elicited in any Census. States receive hundreds of billions of dollars a year from programs tied to Census data. Recognizing that, my administration will work to make sure we reach historically undercounted communities.
Q85: Do you support redistricting be conducted in a non-partisan manner?
Buttigeig: Yes. I will address discriminatory racial gerrymandering and partisan gerrymandering by ensuring that Congressional redistricting is conducted by independent, statewide commissions using fair and non-discriminatory redistricting rules. Our system should allow voters to choose who will represent them, not allow representatives to choose their voters.
De La Fuente: Yes.
Klobuchar: Yes. Senator Klobuchar believes that partisan gerrymandering undermines the principles of our democracy. She has signed the Fair Districts Pledge developed by former Attorney General Eric Holder and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee to support fair redistricting that ends map manipulation and creates truly representative districts. Particularly in the wake of the 2019 Supreme Court decision that effectively gave the greenlight to politically manipulate congressional districts, Senator Klobuchar will require states to establish independent, bipartisan redistricting commissions that will develop fair statewide district maps following each decennial census. This proposal is based on the Redistricting Reform Act, legislation Senator Klobuchar leads in the Senate. Read more about Senator Klobuchar’s plan to safeguard our elections, strengthen our democracy and restore trust in government here: https://medium.com/@AmyforAmerica/senator-klobuchars- plan-to-safeguard-our-elections-strengthen-our-democracy- and-restore-trust-in-ca2360918c7d
Sanders: Yes. Gerrymandering is a direct assault on our democratic process. Politicians who unfairly draw district lines to their own personal, political gain pose a serious threat to the democratic principles upon which this country was founded. We will end prison gerrymandering, ensuring incarcerated people are counted in their communities, not where they are incarcerated.
And when Bernie is in the White House we are going to protect American democracy by ending gerrymandering once and for all. We will pass the For the People Act to end extreme partisan gerrymandering and establish independent redistricting commissions.
Warren: Yes. Under my plan to strengthen our democracy, states will be required to use independent redistricting commissions to draw federal congressional districts to prevent gerrymandering. Both parties should compete on a level playing field; not in a rigged game designed to suppress the will of the people.